2013 Festival Film Schedule

Saturday, March 2nd

$25
Event: Opening Night Film and Reception Film: Hava Nagila (The Movie) Venue: Temple Israel Time: 7:30pm
Hava Nagila (The Movie)

Hava Nagila
(The Movie)

Sponsored by: Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah

An entertaining, upbeat exploration of the song that started out as a Hasidic prayer and grew to define the American Jewish experience for the last half-century. It's an instantly recognizable tune that has been sung by everyone (even Elvis!) and is now played at every Jewish wedding and B'nai Mitzvah and even at sporting events.

Special appearance by the film's director, Roberta Grossman. Screening followed by professionally catered dessert reception and musical entertainment by Bill Averbach and the Carolina Klezmer Project!

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Director: Roberta Grossman

Language: English

Run time: 73 minutes

Documentary Feature

USA 2012

Sunday, March 3rd

$10
Film: Wunderkinder Venue: Temple Israel Time: 7:00pm
Wunderkinder

Wunderkinder

Sponsored by: Create Your Jewish Legacy

From the producers of Europa Europa comes the moving story of three exceptional child prodigies whose innocent world is turned upside down. They are forced to use their musical skill, their undying friendship and an abundant amount of courage to try to survive a grown up world gone mad. Audience Award winner at Jewish Film Festivals in San Diego, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

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Director: Markus Rosenmüller

Language: German with English subtitles

Run time: 97 minutes

Family Drama

Germany 2011

Tuesday, March 5th

 $8
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Film: The Other Son (Le fils de l'autre) Venue: Temple Israel Time: 7:00pm
The Other Son

The Other Son
(Le fils de l'autre)

Sponsored by: Temple Israel

What would you do if you discovered you had been switched at birth? That's what happens to two teens, an Israeli and a Palestinian, forcing each of them to question their identities and leaving their families to figure out how to deal with the emotional repercussions. It's a thoughtful tale of family, loyalty and possibilities.

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Director: Lorraine Lévy

Language: French, English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Run time: 105 minutes

Family Drama

France 2012

Wednesday, March 6th

 $8
Film: In Heaven, Underground Venue: Temple Israel Time: 7:00pm
In Heaven, Underground

In Heaven, Underground

Sponsored by: Hebrew Cemetery of Greater Charlotte

The Los Angeles Times called it a "playful, poetic and all-around charming" look at the 130-year-old Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the largest Jewish cemetery still in use in Europe. The cemetery houses more than 115,000 graves and was one of the few institutions to remain in Jewish hands during the Nazi regime. The film provides an enchanting journey into history that celebrates life and the immortality of memories.

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Director: Britta Wauer

Language: German, English, Russian and Hebrew with English subtitles

Run time: 90 minutes

Documentary Feature

Germany 2011

Saturday, March 9th

$10
Film: Paris-Manhattan Venue: Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5 Time: 7:30pm
Paris-Manhattan

Paris-Manhattan

Alice is a single Jewish 30-something living in Paris who is totally obsessed with Woody Allen: she quotes his work, recommends his films to customers and even has conversations with him (via his poster on her wall). This charming romantic comedy is more than a loving tribute; it feels like it could have been written and directed by Allen himself.

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Director: Sophie Lellouche

Language: French with English subtitles

Run time: 77 minutes

Romantic Comedy

France 2012

Sunday, March 10th

 $8
Film: The Day I Saw Your Heart (Et soudain tout le monde me manqué) Venue: Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5 Time: 3:00pm
The Day I Saw Your Heart

The Day I Saw Your Heart
(Et soudain tout le monde me manqué)

Justine learns how complicated families are when her 60-year-old father reveals that his young second wife is expecting. In addition, Justine discovers that her ex-boyfriends spend more time with her father than she does. This heartwarming film examines the fragile relationships between fathers and daughters in a unique way. Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds and 2012 Charlotte Jewish Film Festival favorites La Rafle and The Concert) stars in a part written especially for her.

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Director: Jennifer Devoldère

Language: French with English subtitles

Run time: 98 minutes

Dramatic Comedy

France 2011

Sunday, March 10th

$10
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Film: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea Venue: Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5 Time: 7:00pm
A Bottle In The Gaza Sea

A Bottle in the
Gaza Sea

Sponsored by: Temple Beth El and Mecklenburg Ministries

A message in a bottle leads to an engrossing e-mail exchange between a 17-year-old Israeli girl and a 20-year-old Palestinian boy. Eventually, they challenge each other's views about life, war and relationships. Based on a popular novel, this thought-provoking film doesn't take sides as it shows an age-old conflict in human terms.

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Director: Thierry Binisti

Language: Arabic, French and Hebrew with English subtitles

Run time: 99 minutes

Drama

Canada, France, Israel 2011

Tuesday, March 12th

 $8
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Film: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story Venue: Sam Lerner Center, Shalom Park Time: 7:00pm
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Sponsored by: The Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast

Yoni Netanyahu hated war but loved his country. He led the seemingly impossible but successful Raid on Entebbe but tragically became the only Israeli casualty. Told partly through his own letters and poetry, this compelling documentary is an intimate journey into a young hero's mind. Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Palm Beach International Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 2012 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival.

Special Guest: Sharon Kabalo, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Southeast 

Reception following film sponsored by Gloria Feibus

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Director: Jonathan Gruber & Ari Daniel Pinchot

Language: English

Run time: 87 minutes

Documentary

USA 2012

Saturday, March 16th

$10
Film: Dorfman in Love Venue: Sam Lerner Center, Shalom Park Time: 7:30pm
Dorfman

Dorfman in Love

Deb Dorfman (Sara Rue) is a 20-something Jewish girl who lives in L.A. with her crotchety old father (Oscar-nominated Elliott Gould) but yearns to take charge of her somewhat out of control life. Best Comedy at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and winner of the Audience Award at the Miami Jewish Film Festival.

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Director: Brad Leong

Language: English

Run time: 91 minutes

Narrative

USA 2012

Sunday, March 17th

 $8
Film: My Best Enemy (Mein bester Feind) Venue: Sam Lerner Center, Shalom Park Time: 3:00pm
My Best Enemy

My Best Enemy
(Mein bester Feind)

In the style of Inglourious Basterds comes an incredible tale filled with mistaken identity, international intrigue, romance, betrayal and dramatic plot twists. Lifelong friends are divided by war as they're caught up in a race to recover a valuable piece of art Hitler wanted to give as a gift to Mussolini.

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Director: Wolfgang Murnberger

Language: German with English subtitles

Run time: 109 minutes

Drama

Austria 2011

Sunday, March 17th

$10
Film: A.K.A. Doc Pomus Venue: Sam Lerner Center, Shalom Park Time: 7:00pm
A.K.A. Doc Pomus

A.K.A. Doc Pomus

Sponsored by: Levine JCC

Jerome Felder (a.k.a. Doc Pomus) was a self-described "fat Jewish boy with polio" who became one of the most prolific songwriters in history (Viva Las Vegas, Save the Last Dance for Me and This Magic Moment to name just a few). A.K.A. Doc Pomus brings to life Doc's romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey to rock legend.

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Director: Peter Miller (Jews and Baseball) and Will Hechter

Language: English

Run time: 97 minutes

Documentary Feature

USA 2012

Early Childhood Program

Sunday, March 3rd

FREE
Film: The Seder on Planet Matzah Ball Venue: Gorelick Hall, Levine JCC Time: 10:30am
The Seder on Planet Matzah Ball

The Seder on Planet Matzah Ball

Co-Sponsored by the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library

A special event for preschoolers and their families including a film "The Seder on Planet Matzah Ball", craft, hands-on Passover activities and more! No one on Planet Matzah Ball knows how to lead a Seder, so Oogy (an adorable Muppet-like creature) travels to Earth to find out all about Pesach.

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Director: Cathi Turow

Language: English

Run time: 36 minutes

Children's Film

USA 2003

CJFF Films at the Lake

Presented in collaboration with the Jewish Council of Lake Norman

All films will be shown at the Alvarez College Union at Davidson College. Tickets will be available at the door only.

Hava Nagila
(The Movie)

Sunday, March 10th
7:00pm, $10

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The Other Son

The Other Son
(Le fils de l'autre)

Tuesday, March 12th
7:00pm, $10

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Paper Clips

Paper Clips

Sunday, March 17th
3:00pm, FREE

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Sensoria Films

CJFF has been invited again to participate in Sensoria, a celebration of the arts, at Central Piedmont Community College.

Both film screenings will be held at Tate Hall in the Overcash Building at CPCC. http://sensoria.cpcc.edu/about/

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Broadway Musicals:
A Jewish Legacy

Sunday, April 14th
7:00pm, FREE

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Nicky's Family

Nicky's Family

Tuesday, April 16th
2:00pm, FREE

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